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224                  HISTORY OF PERSIA             CHAP. LX
and science which they had never before occupied;
Baber, too5 perhaps the most illustrious of Tamerlane's
descendants, has added lustre to his race as a writer of
poetry and history. The culture and attainments of these
princes attracted the most brilliant men of the day, and to
those who> like myself, have been privileged to travel
in Central Asia, the names of Samarcand and Bokhara
evoke imperishable memories of this great dynasty., whose
splendid buildings challenge even in their decay our deep
admiration.